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Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:11

The plants are as tough as old boots and can stand -40C as well as not being picky about soil pH, so I'd do as mm suggests, but if it is small grow it on in a 25-30cm pot for a year before planting out, which gave good results for me.  Most web sites say they need a pollination partner to fruit well, so I'd get another - I have 5, two of them are 2 years old now and the others are year-olds.  Some fruit seems to have set on the older ones, so looking forward to sampling them in a few weeks.

ID if poss please

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 16:47

Not sure what it is mate, but I've cleaned the pic up for you, so hopefully someone can ID it. 

Insect leaf infection of peach/ nectarine tree

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 13:26

It's a bit tricky to tell as the photo is a bit blurry, but it could be either aphid damage (look on the back of the leaves for them), in which case spray with soapy water or Peach Leaf Curl, which is very common but difficult to control:

Fingers crossed it's just greenfly damage!


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:37

Welcome Katy (or do you prefer Kate?)

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:36

Hi Veronica, with the vast majority of bulbs and corms, it's best to wait until the foliage has died back - once it goes yellow, it is no longer feeding the bulb.  Having said that, if you can remove a whole clump, soil and all, they usually do just fine even when they have leaves, as long as you water them well in their new home. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:57

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)


OH and I took the same photo in Oxford, mine is a bit dull, his is brighter, but his was too big and wouldn't upload. So he reduced it as I couldn't manage it, but it's tiny now. He wouldn't stop to explain how he reduced - he's rushed off to mow the lawn. Think it's the first time he's managed to do it anyway! I've asked on previous threads how to reduce photos, but the few answers I had didn't work. Does anyone know?


The best free software for doing this is Irfanview which only works on PCs.  You can get it from here:

It is used by professionals too - I have full photoshop at work but do things like resizing, cropping etc in Irfanview as it's just so quick and easy.  To learn how to use it, google "irfanview tutorial" - there are lots out there including video tutorials.

It can also do things like this:



Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:28

Morning all, just checked my weather station logs - went below freezing between 1.30 and 7am last night, reaching -2.1C at 5.30am - good job I earthed-up the spuds when I got come from work yesterday.   Amazingly it's 16C out there now!  I'm off outside as it's warmer out there than in the house!


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 19:22

Clarington, once lifted, store dark, cool and dry if you can.  Either paper/hessian bag or sand would be ok, as long as they are dry (otherwise they're likely to rot.)  Avoid plastic bags at all costs - the bulbs still need to breath even though they are dormant and condensation will build up in plastic bags.

tree Id

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:18

If a wild one, they do produce fruit - the birds love them - but they generally have more stone than flesh and are edible but bitter.  You can make wine, jam etc, if the birds don't get them first (which is tricky with all types of cherry!)


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:09

There's no cure for rust on the allium family, but you should still get useable garlic from them.  Don't save any cloves for replanting though - get fresh cloves for your next crop and plant them some distance away from where the affected ones are growing.  When you harvest them, throw all of the leaves and stems into the rubbish bin - don't add to compost heaps.  More advice here:


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